10 Interesting Psychological Facts About Love
While folks still insist that love is a purely emotional activity, the scientific community has found in the last few years that it is more than just that. They have found that love can be pretty similar to a chemical reaction at times, and that it is not necessarily a choice whether we fall in love with certain people or not. Just like chemical reactions, there are a combination of indicators we can and can’t see in the process. Some of these indicators are actually chemical reactions themselves, as the body releases chemicals or moderates itself for loss of chemicals. Here are ten psychological facts about love that may alter how you look at someone next time they tell you they’re in love.
Sometimes love can cause people to do things they might not otherwise, like these outrageously creative wedding proposals. There might be a few interesting ideas for those of you considering proposing to your loved ones anytime soon.
Familiar faces are more attractive.
A study at the University of Liverpool found that participants asked to judge digitally altered human faces would often judge those altered to be close to theirs in appearance to be more attractive than the same face altered in a different way – for instance, if a person has close-set eyes, they would deem a face with close-set eyes more attractive than that same face with the eyes set further apart. This demonstrates that we are attracted more to faces that look like ours, or like someone we are already attached to. So next time someone tells you that your date looks like you, or like your mother or father, just tell them that’s nature.
Sometimes it is polite to stare.
A researcher at Dartmouth University found that men tend to rate a woman more desirable the more she directs her gaze at the man. Strong eye contact, bordering on staring, demonstrates to potential mates that the person is confident and willing, and knows what they are looking for. If you see a potential mate, prolonged eye contact can signal that both parties are interested and ready to proceed to further steps.